The relationship between followership styles and organizational safety culture---a quantitative study

by Beebe, Chris T., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2013, 109 pages; 3599275


The state of Montana has one of the worst records for employee injuries per capita in the country. Consequently, Montana also has one of the highest rates in the nation for worker's compensation. Therefore a better understanding of what factors lead to more occupational injuries would be both useful and valuable to businesses and employees alike as well as to the worker's compensation carriers. The purpose of this quantitative survey research was to test the theory of active followership that relates followership style to organizational safety culture, for worker's compensation participants. The research question, what is the relationship between followership style and organizational safety culture, was answered by assessing any correlation between independent, critical thinking and active engagement dimensions of followership to the individual's views concerning the prevention of risk and safety in their organization consisting of motivation patterns, company values, communication, leadership styles, and usage of accident information. The survey was sent to 1,100 members of a prominent worker's compensation company's distribution list with a total of 289 responses to the survey. The results show that a significant relationship does exist between followership and organizational safety culture. A discussion is provided as well as recommendations for future research.

AdviserJean Gordon
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Organizational behavior
Publication Number3599275

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